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i have some experience in the natural gas, transporting it, and i think it's very safe. but can you tell me, was that a liquid line? and are most lines liquid? guest: no, it was not an l&g line. it was a natural gas line. so it was not liquid. host: well, that is it for our time. thank you for being here today to explain to us a little bit more about how the pipeline system works, with the infrastructure challenges and how people can get more materials their area from the government, we appreciate your information. guest: thank you, susan. host: we're going to close out today by telling you what's coming up next on c-span. you're going to join in progress the family research council on their annual meeting. it's called the 2010 values voter summit. it's taking place at the regency ballroom here in washington, d.c. it started at 8:45 this morning, so they're underway. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national
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cable satellite corp. 2010] . our strength and have the vision for what works in our country. think about a culture that does not have the values, the restraint of being accountable to god.
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we see it all over the world. where the economy works with corruption and work politicians are corrupt. the cost of the people that have no values and morals. then you need a bigger government to control a violent and disruptive people. there is a correlation between the values and prosperity and we cannot let those in power tell us there is not. freedom is millions of people making their own decision. tierney is when a few people make decisions for millions of people. when you have a big government, you are going to have a little god and you are going to have fewer of values and morals and you will have a cult that has to be controlled by the government.
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when you have a big god, you'll have a responsible people with character to control themselves and you cannot have in little government that promotes freedom and allows people to keep more of their own money and a government that is not bankrupt. we are talking about fiscal issues. what you are doing is helping to build a foundation of a culture of freedom and prosperity that made this country great. we have to take this message to the voters. we do have to make a distinction so that the country will understand. i do not know if the media will help us communicate this. none of us what the government to help us pushed our religion. they will just mess that up, to o. [laughter]
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they have purged the values and the principles that are derived from biblical faith, from judeo- christian values. we are no longer talking about the government itself. the government touches everything -- our schools, our business, and our organizations. the courts have interpreted that that is the state and we have to principles and values. we do not want government persian religion. we do not want the government purging our society of the principles that are derived from religion. [applause] thank you. i think -- i think this young republican would understand that if we talk in terms that they can understand. i don't think america will take much more convincing. i think they see what happens
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with a big government and a dysfunctional culture. i think they know that if we stand for traditional marriage, if we stand for teaching honesty and integrity to our students in school, that we will have a more vibrant economy, a smaller government, and less taxes, the thing that all of us want. the good news, and unbridled, liberal majority is doing here in washington and how we have become polarized as one has gone further and further to the left. some of us are trying to pull it back. this has distressed america. it is uniting americans around some core principles. i have been to a lot of these. they usually will tell me three things.
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they say thanks for fighting. i am praying for you. what can i do? 40% of those people are democrats and independents. as i tell my colleague, that is a big tent. [applause] i tried to tell some of my colleagues that you have lectured me about a big tent. last weekend, 1 million americans brought that big tent to washington and they invited us in [applause] and they were saying what we have been saying for years -- less spending, less borrowing, small government, less taxes. this is what we have been telling people we want it for years. they do not want to join us. they want us to embrace those
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ideas that passion for freedom that we say we are as a republican party. there's a big tent waiting for us on november 2 this year. i think you will see americans more united than we have been before. this move for the fiscal discipline behind us, there is a safe component. people praying for what happened, not because they want the government to make anyone more religious, but they want to make sure there is a government that allows a people with character and keep the buildings, skills, and integrity to flourish in america once again. [applause] the good news for me as a republican is this. i have been working for the last year to stir up some vigorous
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primaries between the establishment republicans -- [cheers] and republicans who stand for those principles of freedom. instead of diminishing our party, because of you and people like you, there has been one upset after another all over the country. [applause] and as you know, there have been some senior republicans who went out and campaigned on "you need me because i cannot bring home the bacon -- i can bring home the bacon." i do not want to bankrupt my country. [applause]
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what you and i can be excited about today, the primaries are over. all over the country, we have candidates like those in pennsylvania and in florida. we have rand paul in kentucky and christine o'donnell. we have some candidates. this is no longer voting for the least worst on the ballot. we have some candidates we cannot be proud of. when they get to washington, they will stand up and speak for you and millions of americans who have felt ignored [applause] thank you. washington has treated americans like they were stupid for too long. over to, you will see who is stupid. they will be out of washington
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and you will be back again. thank you very much. thank you. [applause] thanks for all you do. i forgot my most important assignment. i'm supposed to introduce an important video that will be shown right now. it is about the start treaty that has been proposed by the president with the russians. it may sound out of place, but it is not. our most important responsibility is the federal government. we should defend the citizens of the united states of america. when we entertain a treaty with another nation that diminishes our capability to defend our people, it is a moral issue, it is a value issue. i am thankful for the heritage foundation for taking this head
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on. thank you. >> is it worth every investment necessary checks we know it is. >> i whenever we went in defending america, what ever it takes. >> rush hour rising over the missile shield. the russians seem unconvinced. >> i believe we need this defense because of iran and north korea and the potential to launch nuclear missiles. >> i wanted to present you with a gift which represents what president obama and vice president biden and i have been
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saying. >> president obama has said he is backing away from plans for an anti-missile shield. this may fuel fears of insurgents. >> the longest range solid fuel missiles or on the launch pad. >> the rocket streaked into the sky. >> the run-ins are close to the finish line of getting nuclear weapons. >> this fulfills our common objectives to have a new treaty. >> the senate votes to ratify the start treaty, it would jeopardize the security of america and threatening stability of the world'. >> iran has successfully tested missiles. >> history, saudi arabia, and
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egypt are in pursuit of nuclear weapons. >> north korea and iran are selling their nuclear technology. >> key will be operational within the next decade progress in nuclear arms race between china and russia has begun. [explosion] [siren] heritagethink the foundation for that production. they produce good work for this cause. [applause] coming next is the vice president for leadership with
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the heritage foundation, one of the great sponsors of the values voters summit. she is a frequent spokesperson for your values throughout the country. would you please welcome genevieve wood. [applause] ♪ >> good morning. i want to say on behalf of my colleagues, we are delighted and honored to be a part of this year's summit with all the co- sponsors on the stage. happy constitution day. [applause] one of our great founding fathers is reported to say one useless man is a shame. two useless man is a law firm. [laughter] 3 useless man is called
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congress. think about how many lawyers are in congress. that is it a good punch. it is a funny statement. demint, all those you will be hearing from today, we have no better friends than those lawmakers. [applause] but as you know, there are many members of congress who have not read the u.s. constitution in a very long time. laws that are not based on our founding principles are not just useless, they are dangerous. they are dangerous to our freedoms. our government has no right to tell us which health care programs we can buy, where we can send our children to school. the one thing they are supposed to do, they are not doing.
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the good news is millions of americans are paying attention. we have given over 3.5 million pocket constitution's. people have been asking for them. matt spalding had a book that was a best-seller on "the washington post" this past year. [applause] there is nothing more fearful to be elected officials than and informed electorate. ask any member of congress who went to a town hall last year. look what happened in delaware tuesday night. [applause] informed electorate -- we want to help you do this. whether it is video you will see whether inook or
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his pocket constitutions, we want to argue with the materials you need so you can hold elected officials accountable. that will make a difference in november. even after november, you have to keep working. sometimes people say conservatives are not much of a fund group. when you do go visit the booths today, and i encourage you to stop by and take the opportunity to have your photo made with george washington crossing the delaware or what our founding father signed the declaration of independence. that will be set up at noon. right now, thank you for being here. please be encouraged. a great patriot founded this country. there are great patriots still
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in america today. [applause] they are in this room. they are all over this country. i want to introduce you to some you will see now in this film. we still hold these truths. ♪ >> i have seen so much. i am a survivor of world war ii and is now or never. it is up to your generation to theome the army of the durati duratvigoration.
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>> if enough people wake up, we can make a conscious decision to go back to the founding principles. ♪ >> we have to preserve this country because we have too much to lose. ♪
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>> in 1776, america announced itself to the world, it was 13 small colonies. over 200 years later, it is the strongest, most powerful and prosperous nation in the world. why is that? it is because america is unique. it is grounded in principles and ideas. but today these ideas are under a question. that is not new because the market is an experiment. it always has been and always will be. how we enter those questions today will determine our future, the future of our country, and us as a country, and how we will indooendure.
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♪ >> this growing movement is taking away freedom and trying to replace it with government- regulated responsibility. up to this point, our grandfathers, our fathers, handed us a better country than it was before in prosperity and the ability to be free and prosperous. now we are looking at a turnaround and we're at a crossroads. we are trying to get that prosperity back. >> it is not the role of the government to dictate how private contracts between me and a buyer for me and a seller at work. when they start messing with that free-market system, it
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changes the dynamic. they are not playing by the rules. that is frustrating. ♪ ♪ >> america it is a truly amazing country. we oftentimes think of property as a piece of land. it is much more dynamic than that. it stems from the right and the fruits of our labor. when property becomes a right, it opens a door for everyone. >> in the real estate turn, it
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was not a result of guys like me damaging the free market system. create employment opportunities for people. it creates tax revenue. not taking away some else's success. >> i want to have a good feature. i do not want to be under the government's thumb for the rest of my career. i just want to be able to have a prosperous future. i will not be able to do that if the government takes over everything they want to take over. >> innovation and enterprise. an engine of growth and prosperity for our nation. it rewards the marketplace and bring practical means for all of
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us to pursue and achieve more happen as. >> it seems that many black americans feel disenfranchised or they feel that because of the injustices of the past, you know, in america, that they are not a part of the mainstream america, and i guess to an extent, i can understand that. but i feel that things have changed and we have become so much better in race relations. i feel that opportunity exists and it is no longer possible to keep black americans from achieving. >> many of us take that for granted. having opportunity and choice and freedom to do whatever it is that we have talent or an inclination to do is an incredible gift. it is not something that we come
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by with luck. it is something that we have achieved as a country because of principles. >> i have lived under social systems before. there was the national socialist that was hitler's. there was stalin. and a note what happens to nations when there are socialists. they are gone. ♪ in many ways, religious liberty is most important. what freedom is more fundamental? religion is often seen as
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divisive, something to be separated from our politics. but from the beginning, faith and freedom were deeply intertwined. liberty strength and faith, allow it to freely express beliefs and pursue its defined mission. but fate was necessary for liberty. it shapes more character and it builds the moral fiber necessary for us to be free. religious liberty and those institutions which shape us -- our families, faith, communities -- our engine of self- government. as a result, culminating principle of liberty depressed i thank god that we live in a country where i could pull the girls out and educate them the way we thought best to do.
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our right for freedom of expressing our religion, not just the freedom to hold personal beliefs but my freedom to express my religious beliefs in public. they are all things that i and many people just took for granted until we started to see them slipping away. >> ordinary americans need to go back and reflect and understand how those principles have made their lives what they are. and to understand that the principles are important and worth fighting for. >> it is amazing how many of the founders -- we have to conduct ourselves as american toizens in a moral weight anday continue enjoying the blessings
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of god. >> freedom, if you have never had it, you do not know it exists. >> for americans, living freedom -- they have no idea. they do not understand that they have something from such values. why should they be worried about it? not until they lose it. they will lose it now because someone is coming with a bayonet. there will lose it by salami tactics. you slice it slice by slice by slice. ♪
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♪ >> the rule of what is not something we think about very much. it is explicit threat our whole constitution. it is the bedrock of liberty, the cornerstone of government. throughout most of history, the rule was determined by force or fraud, tolerance, dictators. in the west, through england and then through america, there was a different idea. rule was determined by law. our rooms were subject to that law. -- our rulers were subject to that law.
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is the rule of law expressing the consent of the government that leads us not only to defend our sovereign independence, but also to uphold the principles of liberty throughout the world. the rule of law in the constitution has given us many benefits over our history. what the constitution calls the blessings of liberty. we enjoy those blessings, as do so many who still come into this country. >> i go by andy. i handle public relations and media appearances. what makes america it unique, it would be the combination of diversity and the respect of rule of law. we could have more opportunities here. >> the americans have tears come
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to our eyes when the flag is -- when we watched the flag. we are the ones because we know what is all about. and it is all of the same. i saw the flag yesterday and tears come to my eyes. it never changes. ♪ ♪ >> there is an important distinction in harriette in the american idea. we the people are tolerant. we have rights.
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government does not have any rights. it secures our rights. italy has the powers we have given it into our constitution. the idea of limited constitutional government is a key principle of liberty. the more we turn over our lives to government, the more we turn over our lives to bureaucrats, the less we are self government and the less we are free. >> people have to rule themselves. we the people are the government and we need to get our government back to the people. that creates a passion and stirs our interest to keep this movement going >>. the government has only stifled quality, if anything. so the idea that government is going to somehow provide some higher level of care is in same, really.
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i do not know with that notion comes from. >> people can still hold the government accountable. it is perhaps the pressure the u.s. has to offer the world. >> many people looking for something different. but i say this is the greatest country in the world, and we have to be very careful when we start trying to change the principles that the founding fathers meant t. ♪ ♪ >> we have an old oak tree.
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that oak tree must be as old as the republic, if not older. we have tried to determine the age. we're coming up on 250 years or something. but that poetry was knocked down by a hurricane, a big hurricane. -- but that oak tree was knocked down by a hurricane. but that oak tree refused to die. ots, the remaining route it has developed new roots. >> abraham lincoln said this country would never be deceived by a foreign power. we have come to a crossroads. either we will go on the path we
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are currently on, becoming another bureaucratic and centralized nation, unsure of its own purpose, or we could choose the path which we have gone on before and we may go on again. this takes us back to our principles. they are not lost. they are seen everywhere around us in the stories in our day-to- day lives and in our families and in our communities. self-government is to go back to those principles and live them as a nation. ♪ >> the only way you protect american principles is for you to become a student of our history, to become a statesman. you can be inspired by success
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that has made us a. >> we are the establishment. >> if we do not recognize what we have and what is important, we will lose it. civilization has proven that. >> wherever you come from -- is worth it. >> we have a responsibility to preserve this wonderful republic called america. >> everybody needs to be proud and make this country strong. the world is fine after that. >> are we the same people in this sense of, do we believe those principles are relevant today, or do we believe that the world has changed in such a way that the founding principles -- that we need to move to something different? the reason these freedoms are still relevant today is they are based on truth.
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>> every generation must vindicate the cause of liberty. who are we? what do we believe? we must rediscover these truths so that we can reclaim our future. that is our task now. ♪ ♪
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the principles of the declaration, the framework for constitution is under assault, perhaps as never before. government does more and spins more and puts more debt on the backs of our children. this has been going on for some time. the self-evident truths have been replaced by relativism. the constitution is now a living document. and it grows and grows and grows. we were warned about this new form of despotism in which government would become the parent and we become like children, in which government becomes the shepherd and we are
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like sheep, and we all know what happens to the sheep. we are at a crossroads. we continue down this path, the path of the secularized, centralized government, and a people who do not know where they are going. are we going to change course and recover our principles? i am in favor of some hope and change. [applause] and a change is coming. we are going to turn this nation around. but it depends on all of us. it depends on us and teaching our children and our neighbors and our communities to relive these principles in our lives. i go around the country and talk
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to groups, students, tea party groups, anybody that will listen whye, and i'm often asked, do spent all of your time talking about these old people? these old documents and is told principals. it was so long ago. we can never recover those. but it was not that long ago. think about it in your own lives. i was born in the midst of the great society. my father was born during the great depression. at that time, the great jurist on the supreme court was a man named oliver wendell holmes. he fought in the civil war and on the battlefield maps lincoln. when abraham lincoln was a boy, the present of the united states was it john quincy adams. when john quincy adams was a
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boy, in his childhood home, he heard the gunfire at bunker hill. that is only four generations back to those truths. the family doctor of the adams family in boston was a man named joseph warren, another for don hero. -- another forgotten hero. the british escaped back to boston. boston was now surrounded by all of those who came out of lexington and concord. many of the revolutions had fled the city to preserve the revolution. some remain. joseph warren the family doctor was the head of the committee to defend ballstooston.
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he took a position, a weak position, and defendable, looking straight across the harbor. joseph warren went there. he been appointed a general, but refused to accept it and instead went to fight with his fellow revolutionaries in the trenches. the british cannot stand them and attack them frontally. you might remember the story. one of the famous lines from the until youdon't fire see the whites of their eyes." they attacked and they were pushed back. on the third time, the americans were out of ammunition. they fought with bayonets. they fought hand-to-hand. many of them escape.
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one man did not. joseph warren. he was caught and shot in the head. i want to leave you with his words". our streets are filled with armed man. these cannot intimidate us. our liberty must be preserved. our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. our enemies are numerous and powerful, but we have friends determinate to be free, and heaven and earth will aid us. on view depends the fortunes of america. you are deciding the question of which rests the happiness of millions yet unborn. act worthy of yourselves. if history has taught me anything it is that freedom is
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difficult. each generation must recall the court truths and the faith of our fathers. it is time to step for america. if we do so, 200 years from now, another generation will look back on us and say, we stood up and vindicated the cause of liberty. the sacred cause of liberty. [applause] is time to stand up for this country. we are the people. this is our task now. it is time to act worthy. thank you. god bless america. thank you. [applause] ♪ >> thank you, matthew.
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you remember the old dracula movies. this is the exact reaction the liberal media has every time they hear the name michele bachmann. [cheers] hang on. [applause] at least let me tell you -- [laughter] that she is the first woman elected to the u.s. house of representatives from the great state of minnesota. she cried sits on the financial services committee. this is important. housing, real estate, and banking. this is a keen insight into the
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housing crisis. she is a staunch opponent of the taxpayer funded bailout of wall street. they have five children and have opened up their home to 23 foster children. citizens element, not yet, not yet -- ladies and gentlemen, i want you to do more than just welcome her out. i want you to think michele bachmann for her courageous stand in a hostile media as she represents our values to america. now please welcome michele bachmann. [applause] [cheers] >> good morning. how are you? good to see you. how are you? thank you. what an awesome introduction.
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to what so much. -- thank you so much. i'm so eager for november to come. i cannot wait. how about you? and from the introduction, you learned i am the old lament that lived in the shoe. i have 28 kids but i do know what to do. i want to take tony perkins, all of the great organizations that sponsored this terrific event. is an honor to be asked to be here to speak to this great group of people. i thank you so much for this opportunity. i remember when all of the washington elite said that this would not amount to anything. well, take a look around. i would say you matter [applause] in fact, let me ask you to go
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back down memory lane. do you remember when we were said to be afraid of you? you do not look real scary to me. i am honored to be here. i felt i am home when i am here because you care about the country and you refused to be silent about what is happening in our country today. [applause] i think the one thing these high and mighty types in washington, d.c., do not seem to understand, they live at the wine and cheese parties here in d.c. i prefer to parties, just so you know -- i prefer tea parties. i want to clear up if you things about tea party is. the tea party is not a political party. it is not a red or blue party.
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it is about red, white, and lo the values that and diverted the foundation and brieathe life into this country and the sacrifices of countless people that have been made on our behalf. to those who spread lies and rumors about the tea party movement, let me be very clear to them. if you are scared of the tea party movement, you are afraid thomas jefferson, who penned our mission statement. you may have heard of it. it is called the declaration of independence [applause] so what are these ideas that
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make up the tea party movement? all men and all women are created equal. with certaindowed inalienable rights. the government cannot take away. things like life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. first of all, life. you would think we would figure this out, but some people seem confused by the term. people have a right to life [applause] people have a right to life when we are strong and fit. people have a right to life when we're sick and old. people have a right to life when they have yet to be born.
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people have a right to life. [applause] now that we have that cleared up, liberty. i refer you to thomas jefferson. when the people fear their governments, there is tyranny. when the government fears the people, there is liberty. [applause] in 2008, it is important that we know that people voted their values. in 2008. the people saw barack obama, a new chance, a new opportunity. it is the duty of the american republic that their voices were heard. they wanted change and they wanted change that was fueled by there that used to treat the policies they got the ones that are not recognized by most people in our country.
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like the government take over of health care or the government takeover of gm and chrysler. it is the duty of the american public that the american people in record time have roundly rejected the government that they thought they were going to get. [applause] because the government has been busy trampling on the rights and on the values of the people who voted for them. barack obama's government has betrayed our trust, the trust of the american people. [applause] but in november, the voter is going to speak again, and this time i think they are going to shout in 2010, and once again i think the government will be fearing the people and liberty
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will be refreshed in our country. the pursuit of happiness. it is important to know how very simple this is. this is not about a license for hedonism. it is about individuals having the right to the fruit of their own labors. it is that simple. [applause] i know you realize this, but it bears repeating. the government does not create wealth. the government does not create money. we do. we are the ones that do. they are busy trying to be our banker, our mortgage broker, our financial services broker, our car dealer, our doctor. they are living off of our money. the tea party believes that government are instituted among
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men and derive their just powers from loss, the consensus of the government. god gives us power. that is what this document says, the declaration. [applause] power emanates from an almighty god. got it confers among the individual power. the individual confirms a portion of that power on the government, reserving all the remainder of the power to themselves. do you see the genius of this magnificent document called the declaration of independence? it goes hand in hand with what we know the truth to be. whenever any form of government, the congress, the president, the supreme court, the federal agencies -- when they become destructive to these
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ends, then it becomes our legal right to alter it or abolish it. let me ask you this question. [applause] would you like to alter your ?ongress [congresscheer [cheers] would you like to alter the supreme court? what about the federal agencies? i knew i liked you. i really knew i liked you. and the declaration goes on to say, "to institute a new government" -- that is what we get to do this november. we will be laying a foundation on such principles which reflects our values. this is beautiful. organizing it in such a form
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that you will most likely will reflect our safety and happiness. if you read the words that we all just read together, doesn't this sound to you like a newspaper account of two the two years of what has been happening with the rise of the tea party movement? people are reclaiming our in eligible rights but they're deciding to alter their government. this is a wonderful gift. beer and mine, this is the largest political movement that we have seen in modern times. it comes under the parchment of the declaration of independence and the bill of rights. made up of disaffected democrats, libertarians, people who have no political
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affiliation at all. all they know is they do not like what they see coming out of washington, d.c. that is the spirit that is the spirit of 1776, alive and well in the united states today. [applause] it was not long ago in a speech that our president referred to these rights as - rights -- negative rights, because it negates the power of big government. that reminds me of a child that you take to the toll is still not able to get all they want when they go up and down the aisles or a teenager who cannot have the car keys any time they like, or maybe a college student who cannot have unlimited access to your credit cards.
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that is kind of what it is like. that kind of spending to me is infantilism. because of limited credit cards for our elected leaders have become an entitlement. like president obama flying personal staffs to the white house or like speaker pelosi who has been sticking the taxpayer with her $100,000 bar tab for alcohol on the military jets that she flies. or harry reid, we may not have to worry about him much longer. [applause] let's have fun. the point of this is what has crippled gm and chrysler and all the public employee unions is promising the ponzi scheme-style benefits and pension benefits
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would absolutely no reasonable way of paying them off. which reflects another value that all of us cherish. thou shalt not covet was not -- what does not belong to us. [applause] so i think it is important that we say that it is not our values -- our shared timeless values that have changed. it is our leaders that have changed. think of that. our values are the same, but the leaders are no longer reflecting us or our values. why is this important? people ask me why it matters, why don't we just go on and live our lives? what's the business of saving america? it matters because the four fathers thought about us --
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forefathers, when they were at a winter of valley forge and when the blood flowed at gettysburg, and when they landed on the beach on the day no american should forget, what kept them going was us. they fought for us. we need to be worthy of that sacrifice that they laid their lives down to secure for us. [applause] thinks for a moment of what they have done for us. think for a moment how extensive this concept called liberty, this experiment in america has been. think of the cost that was laid down over the years. you have heard from a previous speaker about the cost during the revolutionary war.
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hundreds of thousands of americans lost their lives at gettysburg and during the course of the civil war. we know as recently as world war ii and even today in afghanistan and iraq how costly that sacrifice is. freedom is not free. because of that we are reminded of just one store not want to leave with you today. 67 years ago on february 3, 1943 when it was the height of world war ii when no one had any idea how the conflict would conclude. we had a madman in the european theater called adolf hitler, trying to dominate the world. we had a japanese leader in bringing out the worst tragedy of american so let's throw harbor. 18-year-old joined up in the
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united states military, a lot of them lied about their age so they could get in, so they could serve the cause of america and to win this war. let me tell you about one particular incident during world war ii. a convoy of three ships departed from the united states. the second six was called the durham sister. there are over 900 young, eager, new gis that got on board the dorchester. 150 miles west of green land, the ship's captain got a message that there were german you tub submarines patrolling the waters near greenland. the captain told all the young soldiers aboard, you need to clear your uniforms when you sleep tonight and your muskets. they went into coal.
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some a lot of them 17 through 19 years old, 900 men under there. it was hot and uncomfortable down there. they did not feel like we're in their life jackets or their uniforms. bay street down into what a lot of guys wear at that age when they go to bed. around 1:00 in the morning appears close -- periscope broke through the water and ice was in the air. in the cross hairs of that periscope, the nazi submarine identified the dorchester and fired a torpedo and then a second one. the second one hit the flank of on. ship had go -- head- hill's story opens. scores of american gi's lost their lives and water poured
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into the ship. the lights went out, the power went out, the radio went out. water was pouring in. screams were heard. bodies were named. blood was everywhere. no one could see anything. it was freezing cold off. they were stopped out of their minds. they were screaming and crying. -- shocked. there were four chaplains in the whol -- hole. they said, college, young men come up to the deck. father washington was there and there was a rabbi and a methodist minister and another minister. they had their faithful and it's about them and they shepherded as many men as they could up to the freezing cold of the deck and the wind slapped the faces of the young sailors and they
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were terrified. water was pouring into the six. the chaplains -- into the ship. they knew that they will need life jackets for the young men. the chaplains found a storage locker on the main deck. they opened it and pulled at the life jackets as quickly as they could. they told them to put those life jackets on. one by one on the sitting bodies of these sailors. until there were more oil is -- life jackets. the four chaplains were moved their own life jackets and put them on the heads and bodies of american sailors and they told them to have faith, god is with
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us. and they proved the holy scripture that says, "greater love hath no man than this, but that he laid down his life for his friends." witnesses recorded this. one of the greatest acts of bravery they ever observed. it was over 200 men that survived that tokyo attack. it was only 20 minutes until the ships sank from the point of impact. this is the level of greatness from which we descend. we not only stand on their shoulders, it is ours to continue that 234 lik of
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liberty-- link forged generation to generation. it is never easy and it's never been free. so now it is ours. i ask you, are you up to the challenge? are you willing to do your part? are you willing to go forward and honor their memory? are you willing to do this so that generations yet unborn will know the unparalleled liberty that has been given, that god has shed his grace on the united states of america? i ask you that today. thanks for allowing me to speak to you this morning. thank you. [applause] [cheers] >> ♪ you.ank-yo
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it's all right, it's all right ♪ >> michele bachmann, ladies and gentlemen, she strikes fear into the heart of every level in america. if we have agreed that if we are ever going to get invited to dancing with the stars, and i will have to work out our timing a little better. [laughter] coming to the podium to introduce our next speaker is editor in chief, terry duttry. click the 20 months since january 28, 2009 is hard for america. but easy politically for the republican party. they have nancy pelosi as an
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easy for. she never has power over americans, not republicans, unless you are my castle. they have it easy politically because barack obama, staking his claim to be the single worst president in the history of the united states, is also an easy vowel. he does not hold persuasive power over republicans unless you are arlen specter or charlie crist. just a few years ago it was not so easy politically for republicans in washington. they controlled both houses. george bush was in the white house, a conservative. in those days there was a republican leadership that was asking republicans to expend -- extend the welfare state and threatening to destroy the country. if there was one republican in congress with a small college and political independence to
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stand up against leaders of his own party to defend for limited government and fiscal sanity when it was not popular. that man was mike pence. [applause] when george w. bush at all republicans to support the "no child left behind" act that dramatically increased the federal role in education spending, but place for the federal there amid has no business, mike pence said no. when george bush proposed the medicare prescription drug entitlement which was the biggest increase in the welfare state ever proposed by republican president, he not only asked other republicans support it, he sent his minions to capitol hill to bully them. mike pence would not be bullied. he not only said no to the medicare prescription drug plan, he led a small group of conservatives to stand up against the president of their
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own party and congressional leadership of their own party in trying to abort that atrocity. they failed, but they were the vanguards of that movement today which we see sweeping our country that's as let's get back to a limited principles of our constitution, to free enterprise and liberty. my parents is a conservative american can trust in political battles. ladies and gentlemen, my parents. -- mike pence is a conservative america can trust . america ♪ that >> thank you. thank you for that wonderful welcome. i am honored to stand before the 2010 value voter summit, the largest gathering of social conservatives in america. [applause]
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i am proud to stand here as we are gathered today at the beginning of the end of the pelosi-led congress on capitol hill. [applause] i am very humbled by the generous introduction, terry. there's an old saying that says behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. [laughter] it is my joy today to be joined by my wife of 25 years this year. give it up for karen pence, in the house. all those kind things that he said, the introduction i prefer a shorter. i'm a christian, a conservative, and a republican, in that order. [applause]
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what a difference two years makes. i also like to say i'm a conservative. last couple elections it's been a little tough. after the 2008 elections, most of us were still pretty sure about our principles but uncertain about the future. it seemed in those times that there was for only a remnant of people in this country unaffected by the new american left. democratic majorities in both houses, liberals dominating the meeting, the public schools, courts, universities. it was extraordinary. it was a force that seemed indelible to everyone. everyone but you. now look at what you have done. historic elections in the state of virginia and new jersey and the state formally known as
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massachusetts has a republican member of the united states senate. [applause] to these conservative victories we have when harry met shelly playing in nevada. joe the senator in alaska, delaware is about to send conservative to the united states senate as well. [applause] as we say, on highway 40 where i it? up, who'd have thunk even republicans in congress have gotten back to fiscal discipline and conservative values. agos be honest, four years republicans in congress did not just lose their majority. they lost breakaway.
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lost their way. when i opposed the wall street bailout, i told my colleagues the american people would eventually go with the professionals if we kept acting like liberals. sadly, they did. the truth is our party in congress walk away from the principles that minted our national governing majority. if the american people walked away from that. house republicans, have they learned their lesson? people ask me that. after a year that saw every single house republican vote against the phony stimulus bill, every single as republican voted against their budgets, and voting against their government takeover of health care, and i am here to say if house republicans are back in the fight for conservative values on capitol hill. [applause]
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we have made great strides in the past year or two. there's a lot more to do. men and women, let me tell you, despite the exuberant optimism in some of the national polls, we have a battle on our hands. msnbc says republicans are going to been a couple seats in the house only. fox news channel says republicans will win all fo435 seats in the congress. [applause] [laughter] the truth is it is not over, not by a long shot. we cannot rest until we win the american congress that with common sense and common values of the american people. [applause]
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these are very serious times in our nation his. a nation conceived in liberty has come in age to bondage to big government. we have lost respect to the world and we are going broke. our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. if people are scared. in the face of their failed leadership, our party must have the courage to produce a vision for a better america. what does that look like? it always begins in the same place, our obligations to one another as a nation. it means re-dedicating ourselves to doing what is necessary to defend this nation at home and abroad and giving the american soldier if the resources they need to get the job done and come home safe. that is john walone. the end of combat operations in
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iraq was an important milestone. the president was right to mark that day with a national agenda. make no mistake, we would not have seen that day without the sacrifice of the american soldier, their families, and without a commander in chief who would not accept defeat in iraq. [applause] let history record president george'w. to increase forces in iraq was right and barack obama and nancy pelosi and harry reid were wrong to oppose it. i give credit to the american soldier and our colleges commander-in-chief. if it means giving the intelligence community the tools they need to fight the war on
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terror like a war. we have to put public safety first. kuhl -- thomas should not be tried in our civilian criminal courts. they should be tried at guantanamo bay where they belong. -- colleagues economkalid muhat be tried in civilian courts. we should not be used as pawns to advance a little domestic agenda. for our soldiers, their families, for readiness, for recruitment if, for cohesion. "don't ask, don't tell" must remain the policy of the united states armed forces. [applause] last, it means being good to our friends and stuff on our enemies.
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not the other way around. [applause] you know, the recent criticism of israel over construction in jerusalem and acts of self defense was appalling to me. [applause] i never thought i would live to see the day that an american administration would announce the jewish state of israel for the building jerusalem. let the world know this, if it knows nothing else, america stands with israel. [applause]
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>> that vision for america starts with turning back the government agenda of this administration especially when it comes to obamacare. democrats may have had their say on the third sunday in march. the american people are about to have their say on the first tuesday in november. house republicans will not rest until we reveal obamacare -- braziel obamacare lock, stock, and barrel -- until we've repealed obamacare. to those who say it would be difficult to repeal and replace
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obamacare, first we repealed the's congress in 2010, then we replace the obama administration in 2012. that is how you do it. [applause] a vision for a better america also means putting our fiscal house in order at home, reining in the growth of government based on the principles enshrined in the constitution and our history. we need a conservative majority to lead us, to dugard work, the fiscal discipline and reform -- to do good work. end the error of borrowing and spending outstand bailouts once and for all. while we have to end the era of runaway spending, fiscal discipline alone will not suffice. today's headlines tell the story. the economic policies of this administration have failed.
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the u.s. poverty rate rose to a 16-year high. continue to hear the class warfare rhetoric of how the rich got richer. we know their strategy. under their policies, the poor get poorer. it's heartbreaking. a vision or better america means keeping tax relief that will always please the inherent power of the american economy. it is not more spending, it is giving the american people if more of their hard-earned tax dollars to spend. [applause] that is not the president's approach. he was talking a little about tax cuts in cleveland a couple days ago. but he also renewed his call for tax increase on job creation in january of next year. mr. president, higher taxes will
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not get anyone hired. raising taxes on job creators will not create jobs. in the worst economy if in 25 years, congress must act immediately to ensure that no american gets a tax increase in january, not one single american. [applause] when you look at the failed economic policies the past few years, most americans are starting to realize. if the recession is when your neighbor loses his job. a depression is when you lose your job. a recovery is when nancy pelosi loses her job. that's what a friend of mine says. [applause]
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finally, a vision for a better america must have one more element. we must recognize that our present crisis is not merely economic and political but moral in nature. at the root of these times should be a realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from truths of honesty and integrity. an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. and the simple notion that you should treat the other p personal way you want to be treated. public policy alone will not restore the nation. it will require public virgil. that eliminates from the traditional institutions of our nation like life, family, and
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religion. [applause] now, i know that some say republicans should stay away from these issues this year. but the american people are focused on jobs and spending and we would do well to stand aside, return to the fight after the fiscal and economic crisis has passed. but we do not live in a world where an american leader can just focus on the financial ledgers. as a political party that would govern this great nation must be able to handle more than one issue at a time. we must focus on our fiscal crisis and support our troops. we must work to create jobs for and protect innocent human lives and defend traditional marriage. [applause] to those sitting marriage is not relevant to our budget crisis, i say you would not be able to
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print enough money in a thousand years to pay for the government that you would need if the family continues to collapse. to those saying we should focus on cutting spending, i say, ok, let's start by denying all federal funding for abortions at tallman and abroad -- at home and abroad. [applause] you want to find savings, first cut funding to research that destroys human embryos in the name of science and let's deny all funding to planned parenthood of america. [applause]
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prue pimm we must not remain silent when great moral battles are being waged. those who would have us believe the battle being fought over life, marriage, religious liberty have forgotten the lessons of history. as in the days of a house divided, america's darkest moments have come when economic arguments, with moral principles. men and women, we must demand here and now that the leaders of the republican party stand for life, a traditional marriage, and religious liberty without apology. [applause] you have come to our nation's capital at a historic moment in
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the life of this still young republic. if we do not get a government in november, all that was once good and great about this country could be gone someday. so this is the moment. now is the time. it's time for all of us to do all we can to preserve what makes this country great. the bible says if you odets, pay the debts. if respect, then respect. if honor, then honored. we owe a debt to history. but not just our nation's story, but your own personal history. to those rules gone before and upon whose shoulders we stand. i buried my father 22 years ago. he was an ordinary man, grew up
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on the south side of chicago, if married to the daughter of irish immigrants, followed his dreams. he put on the uniform and the time came even though he was a gentle soul. he went into battle in korea. he came back never to speak of it again and the metals stayed in the drawer. he builds a family, he built a business. my dad said two things more often than anything. he reminded myself and my three brothers and two sisters, that not my will but the line be done -- thine be done. then he would look at us and say, you're on mountain -- climb your own mountain.
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men and women, we have a mountain to climb. for those before you had their own life. they stood for freedom, they stood in harm's way, they demanded a government as good as our people. now it is our turn. the time has come to take a stand. we must not be afraid. we must fight for what has always been the source of american greatness, our faith in god and our freedom. if we hold that the banner high, i believe with all my heart that the good and great people of this land will rally to our cause. we will be in this congress back in 2010 and we will in this country back in 2012. so help us god. [applause] [cheers] thank you and god bless you.
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♪ ♪ >> thank you so much to mike pence. that was amazing. ladies and gentleman, widely respected for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and our final speaker this morning currently serves as honorary chairman of the free and strong america. in 2008 he was a leading candidate for the republican presidential nomination. during that time he was an important voice in favor of strengthening our economy, our military, and our families. elected governor of massachusetts in 2002, he
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presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortune at a time of sustained economic expansion. without raising taxes or increasing the debt, he balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office and i might add without spending every other day blaming the previous administration. [applause] he and his wife have been married over 40 years and have five sons and 15 grandchildren. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome a great friend to values voters, mitt rommey. [applause] .> thank you wow. what an introduction and what a welcome.
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wonderful to be with you again. nancy pelosi, harry reid, obama goodbye party. it's been a tough year for those three. their numbers have been down faster than a jetblue flight attendant. they were flying high not long ago. remember the taxpayers legs at msnbc were tingling. time magazine declare the republican elephant was an endangered species. the country is probably better off when the president is listening to advice from his caddie rather than his economic advisers. [laughter] the last and the "high 5", bob mcdonnell won the governor's race in the agvirginia.
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i guess the celebrations came to a halt when chris christie showed jon corzine the door. and special pride for people like me when brown seized the people's seat in massachusetts. [applause] the liberals went from backslapping to backstabbing. thanks to jackie gleason, how sweet is is. bob and chris and scott are just the beginning. america will soon be seeing a lot more of leaders like governor nikki haley, governor susanna martinas, and senator marco rubio. [applause] some pollsters predict the conservatives will enjoy a landmark victory. i cannot guarantee specific
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outcomes, but something i know, america's will repudiate obama- style liberalism. part of the reason for that is the abject failure of his first two years in office. the president reminds us that he inherited a recession. that is wannabe argued during the campaign there was no time for on-the-job training. his economic advisers, had they any experience in the private sector, they have -- would have understood the first three rules for turnaround. focus, focus, focus. instead of focusing on the economy, he used the crisis as a cover to push his liberal agenda, from cap and trade to the ill-conceived takeover of american of care. america is sick and tired of an administration that exploited the economic crisis if instead of solving it. [applause]
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the lack of focus was not the only problem. ronald reagan used to say this about liberals, "it is not that they are ignorant, it is just that what they know is wrong." the obama-harry re-nancy pelosi record is living proof that they are right. they said they will help get families back on their feet. look at what they did and ask yourself whether it helped or hurt the economy and jobs. raising taxes on small businesses, hiking some taxes on investment by almost 200%. cosecant banned trade hurt. stalin agreement -- stalling agreement with other nations hurt. handing general motors to the union hurt. the federal takeover of health
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care hurt. scapegoating and demonizing the people in need to invest in jobs, that hurts. this president and his fellow travelers in congress implemented the most anti- growth, anti-investment, anti- jobs measures we have seen in a long time, he called its ambitious but i call it reckless. he scared employers, jobs are scarce. the uncertainty and lack of predictability he created has caused businesses to shrink from spending and hiring. he has not ended the crisis spirit-related deeper and longer and more painful. this is the first time in our history the government has declared war on free enterprise. they are wrong. [applause] never before has federal policy been so hostile toward small
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business. on the businesses we count on to help grow as out of recession. not only small businesses suffer from higher taxes and regulation, if they have to face the new costs and rules of obamacare. unlike the democrats who voted for that monstrosity, small businesses will have to read it to figure out what they have to do. the white house tries to argue that there stimulus has helped. that is like saying sporting water from a garden hose helps put out a fourth starter the question is not whether it helps a little, but whether it did the job or do it as well as it could have. the answer is a resounding no. they predicted 8% unemployment. it became 10%. since the stimulus was passed, 127,000 government jobs have been created. more than 2.4 million private- sector jobs have been lost. there are nearly 15 million
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americans out of work altogether. if they stood in a single unemployment line, it would stretch from d.c. to california and back again. if that is their recovery, heaven help us when the recovery -- the economy is slowly getting better. it will eventually right itself. it will be thanks to the hard work and innovation of the american people. called on vice-president biden to say he and president deserve all the credit. no, they have extended the joblessness and prolong the recession year that burden will hang over this cabinet for generations. their failure is one reason there will only serve one term. [applause] isn't it fitting that those with such contempt for the private
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sector will soon find themselves back in it? [laughter] is only the president would have made the economy is number one job? if only he had listened to conservatives calling for less spending, less borrowing, less taxes, less government? if he had given incentives for businesses to hire? if his stimulus had done less to protect unions and more to protect the troops? if only he had confronted the threat of unfunded entitlements, unfunded pensions, and liabilities of fannie mae and freddie mac's? if only he had been uniting, then perhaps he could have delivered on his promise of yes we can. instead we know very well that no, he didn't. [applause]
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isn't it ironic that the president who city would unite the country has turned out to be the most divisive? he has united virtually all of america against him. he has succeeded in that way. [laughter] the president's foreign policy has not compensated for what's going on at home. north korea has sunk the south korean ship. iran has funded yemeni insurgents and has accelerated their nuclear program. he gave rosso their number one foreign policy objective, abandonment of our european missile defense side spirit in return he got nothing.
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he insulted israel and forgot to mention hamas lost thousands of rockets into israel. we've seen success in iraq in spite of his policy preferences and thanks to those of his predecessors and to the courage of george w. bush. [applause] [cheers] as you know, his strategy in afghanistan has been needlessly modeled by announcing the withdrawal date. he put domestic politics ahead of national purpose. if we have serious enemies and growing threats around the world, we have an ministration whose idea of a rogue state is arizona. [applause] these are among the reasons why liberals will have to -- in
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november. this is not the first time the power has been taken from one political party and given to another. what is occurring is different in america today. not really the result of disappointment. what is being felt in america today is more profound than that. more somber. americans believe that washington is threatening the very foundations of what has made america america. washington is assaulting america's values. it is trying to change with this nation has been and what it is and to change what it is destined to become. this room is filled every year with citizens, modern patriots passionate about america's values, these values include the sanctity of life and the preservation of marriage. [applause]
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this administration has taken its assault on values to even more american values. the american people have finally seen obama liberalism for what it is. they have seen the counterfeit values that underlie it and they want none of it. that includes spending on behalf of my generation and my grandchildren's generation. that is not our values. believe the rule of law should be supported to their view of the greater good. if they believe gore knows best how to care for your help, not you or your doctor. they believe the rewards of success should be taken from the person who created them and given to the ones that did not appear they believe workers should not have the right to vote by secret ballot as to whether or not they want a union. even though one half of the children in our cities do not
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graduate from high school, they believe that parental choice and teacher accountability should vowel to the interests of union bosses. some in i'm afraid washington today are driven by such different values that they would change the very character of america. let me explain. at christmastime i was in walmart with the shopping cart buying toys for my kids. i was waiting in the checkout line and took a look around the store and i said this door reminds me of sam walton, himself. i never met him, but read about him. what i learned was this was a man passionate about low-price is on everything people might want and he was somewhat incredulous. his stores were very low prices on tons of things you could possibly want and the store is
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not very organized like the target store where everything is left just so. then i thought about some other enterprises i've come into contact with and how much their founders have shaped the way those enterprises are. microsoft is a lot like its founder bill gates. apple is a lot more like steve jobs. in some ways disneyland is like the physical embodiment of all disney. imaginative, creative, whimsical. virgin airlines is as edgy and irreverent as its founder richard branson. [laughter] it's not just business is saved by their founders. institutions of all kinds. schools, universities, charities, churches. it is also true of countries. countries are shaped by their founders and by those who have led them often for many centuries after they are gone. i wonder what that must have been like for the people who
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first left europe to come to this country, the first immigrants. they left behind homes and families and stability in exchange for the possibility of a hostile and indigenous people, uncertain shelter and climate. some found fortune and others found the right to practice their religion according to the dictates of their conscience. in almost every heart there was the strain -- the ideal of liberty that drew them here. freedom from oppression. the thirst for freedom of the american colonists. it has been a quintessential american value from the very beginning. then the founders who drafted the declaration of independence and constitution made a trade like the first colonists. they could have chosen the predictable and secure path to follow the demands of the crowd. they could assemble to their own
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form of monarchy, a powerful autocratic government that would tell people what to mccants where to sell a fan's how much they would earn. instead they chose freedom. just as the people would be free to choose their government, they would be free to choose their occupations and their lives course, to pursue happiness according to the dreams of their own. own that-- own heart. that choice made by the founding fathers has made a difference for americans. people all over the world, the innovators, the pioneers, the dreamers, they came to america. if this is who we are as a people. in our dna is a love of liberty and the accompanying spirit of invention and creativity, a pioneering, that have propelled america to become the most powerful nation in the history of world. this course for america chosen by the founders has been here
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over 200 years. the innovators and pioneers who expect no guarantee of success but ask only to live and work in freedom. this creed, this value is under assault in washington today. liberals are convinced the government knows better than people how to run businesses for us, how to choose winning technologies, how to manage health-care if, and how to order our lives. they want to gain through government take over what they could not have achieved in the competitive economy, power and control over the people of america. if they were to succeed, they would smother the spirit that has built the nation. the liberators, innovators, inventors, god-fearing independent current that runs from coast to coast of this great land. the obama administration
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promised they would fundamentally change the way washington works. they misled us. they are trying to fundamentally change the way america works. we will not let them do it. [applause] this administration does not lack confidence. confidence in yourselves is not the same as confidence in your country. believing in the power of government is the same as believing in the power of government. in a world where others have lost their liberty, by treating it away for the false promises of state, which used to hold to our founding values. we will stop these power-seekers
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where they stand. will preserve america's character as a land of liberty. we welcome those who seek and will defend freedom. we admire the entrepreneur, the investor, the innovator. we will insist on greatness from every one of our citizens. rather than apologize for who we are or what we accomplished, we will celebrate our nation's goodness. american patriots have defeated tyrants, liberated the oppressed, rescued the afflicted. america's model of innovation, capitalism, free enterprise, have lifted billions of the world's poor out of poverty. america has been a force for good like no other in the world. and for that we will make no apology. thank you so much. great to be with you. thank you.
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thank you. [applause] >> ♪ ♪ >> thank you, governor. before we are dismissed for lunch, if you could indulge me with a couple of quick announcements that i need to get through. and want to remind you that you present values voters. any encounters with the media, keep that in mind. we are grateful for the media. glad for c-span. my wife patricia is at home watching. when michele bachmann gave me a hug, and noticed there was make up on my shoulder. imagine if my wife had not seen that and i was trying to explain. changes,this, lots of follow along with me. no unauthorized taping or
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recording is allowed. you will have contributed to world peace as much as previous nobel peace prize winners in the carter, al gore, barack obama combined, if you cooperate. christine o'donnell, who just won the delaware republican primary, will speak this afternoon and also later tonight for an frc meeting, the reception is 5:30 to 7:00, held in the congressional room. $100 a person. go to the registration desk. you must be an frc action member to attend. very easy to attend. replace, repeal, restore campaign, if you would like to help replace liberal politicians and repeal health care, and restore the founding principles tarnation, we invite you to join our campaign and learn more about it.
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does outside the ballroom is where they are. the media research center is the sponsor the new media row in the ballroom. a number of outstanding organisation's there. please visit with them. in celebration of constitution day today, the heritage foundation is offering an >> status from of o'clock p.m. until 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m., until 7:30 p.m.. immediately following the evening session we will have a sneak preview of the film "christmas, with a capital c." liberty university is hosting the voice of the america town hall meeting tonight at 9:00 p.m. 30 in the entire room.
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few. i am gone. see you at 2:00 p.m.. ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> our live coverage of the family research council summit will continue at two o'clock p.m. eastern. the session will include former senator rick santorum, former presidential candidate gary bauer, and christine o'donnell,
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who won the republican nomination in dollar. -- in delaware. live pictures now from westminster hall in london, where pope benedict the 16th will surely deliver a speech to british parliament members. among those in attendance are tony blair, david cameron, margaret thatcher, and many others. we will have live cartridge momentarily. we expect to hear from the pope at 12:15 eastern. live coverage come here on c- span. -- coverage, here, on c-span. ♪
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>> again, live pictures from london. we are in westminster hall this afternoon, where we expect the
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arrival of pope benedict the 16th of this first official visit to the united kingdom. he will deliver a speech that is expected to get underway at 12:15 eastern. this is the first official state visit to the debt it kingdom, the first to the u.k. by pontiff since john paul the second in 1982. the vehicle is outside of westminster hall. we expect him to live inside upon and make his remarks at of the clock -- tool right inside the hall and make his remarks at 12:15. -- to arrive inside of hall, and make his remarks at 12:15.
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>> as we await the arrival of the pope, very quickly president obama will be making an announcement to the press this afternoon announcing elizabeth warren as the head of the new consumer protection bureau. live coverage of that will begin at 1:30 eastern. also, former republican vice
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present -- vice presidential nominee will be in iowa tonight for the annual ronald reagan dinner. she will be joined by chuck grassley. live coverage is starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span.
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>> live pictures of westminster hall in london, where pope benedict the 16th is expected to
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deliver a speech. it is the first trip by a pontiff since john paul the second to the u.k. since 1982. the pope has been invited by the queen, rather than the church. he was elected pope at the age of 78. he was the oldest person to be the elected pope since climbed -- clement in 1830. live pictures of the pulp on the steps -- of the pope on the steps of westminster hall.
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>> it is my honor to introduce his holiness, pope benedict the 16th, to westminster hall, and through this fine location, to the palace of westminster as a whole. it is the first time that it
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can't staff has visited this place -- has visited this place. it is a measure of the distance we have come, and of the dialogue which we have created over the past few decades, that any event, which in years gone by would have been thought inconceivable, can occur. this hall is the oldest structure of its kind in europe, and the home of many memories. it is, inevitably, associated with triose and condemnation to death, as was the faith of sir thomas more, one of my 156 predecessors as speaker of the
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house of commons. and of king arthur the first, long after considered a martyr. it would be a mistake to think of westminster hall only in these terms, when it has been as much a stage for a robust debate as for sheer intolerance. that tradition of the debate has far -- has roots far deeper than those of contemporary democracy. it was here, in 1374 for example, that a notable discussion took place between three religious to reject religious thinkers -- a franciscan, a -- religious thinkers, a franciscan, a dominican -- suffice to say, no consensus was reached on that occasion.
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nevertheless, it is the right to ask such questions, and to deliberate on the merits of alternative options that make for freedom. naturally, parliament contains members with a wide range of views on great ethical issues. however, as is well-known, the house of commons and the house of lords over the decades, have taken positions on social, scientific, and sexual issues that are markedly different than those of the vatican. it is surely right to have robust, but respectful debate on such issues within parliament, between our institutions, and to route our civil society. a very difficult past and a turbulent present need not be a
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barrier to an enlightened future. history shows that those privileged to serve society has no elected representatives of a riot in this palace to be immediately reminded -- are right in this palace to be believed allied reminded of the relationship between church and state. your presence, most holy father, adds to the rich tapestry of the past, and provides further reason for the many hundreds of thousands of people who come here every year to contemplate the character of this building, and what has been witnessed in it. faith is not a relic, either in political discourse, or in modern society, but is imbedded in its fabric. the greeting extended by her
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majesty the queen yesterday was notable in deed. today, in this hall, which seeks at the heart of our democratic condition, -- tradition, are gathered many members of the house is, and numerous distinguished guests from all walks of life and all parts of the united kingdom. on behalf of everyone here, i warmly welcome you, and invite you to address us. [applause]
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>> mr. speaker, to live for the welcome. -- thank you for the welcome. this is a privilege afforded me to speak to the british people in a building of unique significance. how may to express my esteem for the parliament which has existed for centuries and has had a profound influence on the development of participating government among the nation'. the common law tradition serve as the base of existence in many parts of the world. your particular vision of the
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duties of the state and the separation of powers remains an inspiration to many across the globe. as i speak to you, i think of the toughest men and women throughout the centuries who have played their part in the momentous aphorist the debt taken place within these walls. -- momentous efforts that have taken place within these walls that have shaped the life of britain. sir thomas more his and mine by believers, and non-believers alike. he chose to serve god first. the dilemma which faced those
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difficult times allow us this opportunity to reflect with here on religious belief in the political process. this tradition owes much to the natural and strict for -- instinct for moderation, to achieve a balance. while decisive steps have been taken against several points in your history to place limits on the excesses' of power, the nation's political institutions have been eager to establish the stability. in the process, britain has emerged with the purest democracy which emphasizes
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freedom of speech. there is a strong sense of the individual's rights and duties, and the equality of all citizens before the law. catholic social teaching have much in common with this approach, with its overriding concern for every person created in the image and likeness of god, and the emphasis to foster the kind good. it has taken thomas moore's trial. each generation has ask what are the requirements that governments may reasonably impose on citizens, and how far
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do they extend it? these questions tickets directly to the foundations of civil discourse. it is the moral principles that are determined by consensus. the fragility of the process becomes evident. here lies the real challenge for democracy. with pragmatic, social solutions, it has been seen all too clearly in the global financial crisis. with a lot of this solid ethical foundation for economic activity has contrary did to the greatest difficulties now being
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experienced and the -- by millions of people throughout the world. [unintelligible] the dimension of policy has far-reaching consequences that no government can afford to ignore. a positive the illustration of this is found on one of the british parliament's notable achievements. the campaign that led to the landmark legislation was made upon firm principles rooted in natural law. a central question is where is the ethical foundation for political choices to be found? the catholic tradition
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maintains that objective norms governing right action accessible to reason. according to this understanding, the role of religion in political debate is not so much to supply answers, but proposed solutions -- neither to propose solutions, but discover objective moral principles. this collective role is not always welcome. [unintelligible] sections of release and can be
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serious social problems in themself. in the [unintelligible] -- it is a two-way process. alternatives manipulated by ideology take into account the dignity of the human person. misuses of reasons is what gave right to the slave trade in the first place, and to others. this is why i would suggest that the world of reason and the
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world and faith, the world of secular nationality, and religious belief, should not be afraid to enter into profound and on going dialogue for the good of our civilization. religion, in other words, is not a problem for legislators to solve, but has contributed to the national conversation. i cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginal as asian of religion, particularly of cash and a that is taking place in some quarters. there are those that would advocate the voices of religion be silent or relegated to a purely private deal. there are those that are you that the public celebration of festivals such as christmas should be discouraged in the
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belief that it might somehow defend the other religions or non-believers. there are those that are due -- that aren't you -- and that argue [unintelligible] also, the legitimate role of religion in the public's fear -- public sphere. i would invite seeking ways of promoting and encouraging dialogue between faith and reason every level. your readiness to do so is already implied in the unprecedented invitation extended to me today.
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[unintelligible] in the area [unintelligible] regarding human rights, the united kingdom has worked through democracy. in terms of development, there has been collaboration. [unintelligible] they also look for ways to promote new ways of environmental responsibility to the benefit of all. i also note that the present government has committed the united kingdom to devoting 0.7%
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to aid by 2017. it has been encouraging to win as a positive sign of worldwide growth in solidarity toward the port. -- toward the poor. it calls for fresh thinking to improve life conditions in important areas such as food creation, clean water, job creation, education, supportive families, and basic health care. when human lives are concerned, the time is always short. [unintelligible] the development is no less important.
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the cooperation illustrates how much cost -- progress has been made in the years that passed. i hope, and pray, this relationship will continue to bear fruit, and it will marriage -- and it will merit a growing acceptance of the need for dialogue between the worlds of religion and reason. a m conference are many areas in which the church -- i am confident there are many areas in which the church been the public departments can work together to seek to improve the
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condition of all mankind. for such cooperation to be possible, institutions need to be free to act in accordance with their own principles and specific convention -- convections -- conventions -- convictions in ways such as religious freedom, freedom of ton chance -- conscience. looking down from the magnificence ceiling of this hall reminds us of the rich tradition in which democracy has evolved. it is a reminder that god is constantly watching over us to guide and protect us, and to acknowledge [unintelligible]
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the contributions that have been made and can be continued to make -- to be made to the lives of this nation. mr. speaker, i think you once again to briefly address this distinguished audience. let me assure is and give good wishes and prayers for you and to go koses of this parliament. thank you, -- both houses of this parliament. thank you, and god bless your a all. [applause]
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>> your holiness, it is my privilege today, to thank you on behalf of anyone here, the parliamentarians, and non- parliamentarians a light for your presence at westminster, and for the way you have spoken to us about issues that are important and challenging to was called. you spoke -- to us all. he spoke with great generosity about the united kingdom and about the westminster college, its contribution over centuries
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to the fight for human rights and for justice, and we are enormously grateful to those generous words. you spoke, too, about the role of faith in contemporary society. in the house of lords, we much appreciate the religious voices that take part in essentially permits doubled the dates. those religious voices come from members of other faiths -- from jews and from moslems, and they take their place along with the views of those that do not come from faith backgrounds or communities. it is that diversity of voices
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that perhaps in stills in us the key thought so central to parliamentary today of respect, and the ability to listen to those with divergent views on the issues which you have stressed so much in your visit here, today. but, for me, perhaps the most important and long-standing thing that i will take from what you said was the need for an ethical foundation has each and everyone of us approaches the complexities and the difficult issues facing us as individuals, communities, and facing the world today.
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the seeking of that ethic of the mention -- time mentioned, the need to have a moral approach based on fundamental values, that is a challenge for each and everyone of us, whenever our background, and whatever our belief -- whenever our background, and whatever our beliefs. it has been a privilege for all of us to listen to you today. it has been a truly memorable occasion, and we hope that your visit to the united kingdom would equally be a memorable event for you. once again, our thanks, and our best wishes for the rest of your visit to this country. thank you. [applause]
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